Coe, James Wiggins, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1943, USS Cisco (SS-290)
Service Years
1930 - 1943

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Richmond, IN
Last Address
205 S Cherry Grove Ave
Annapolis, MD
(Wife~Rachel G. Coe)

Casualty Date
Sep 28, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Commanding Officer, USS CISCO (SS 290)

Cisco sailed from Panama 7 August 1943 for Brisbane, Australia, arriving 1 September to assume local patrol duties, until 18 September, when she docked at Darwin. She put out on her first war patrol 20 September, but never returned. Japanese records tell of sighting a submarine leaking oil on 28 September in an area where Cisco is known to have been the only submarine then operating. Japanese records state this submarine was sunk by bombs and depth charges. Cisco is thus presumed to have been lost in action 28 September 1943. 


Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander James Wiggins Coe (NSN: 0-63137), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. S-39 (SS-144) during the FIRST through the FOURTH War Patrols in the Southwest Pacific from 8 December 1941 through March 1942, and as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SKIPJACK (SS-184), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 14 April 1942 to 17 May 1942, in enemy controlled waters at Cam Ranh Bay. While conducting war patrols as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. S-39, Lieutenant Commander Coe boldly and successfully delivered an attack under hazardous and difficult conditions which resulted in the sinking of an armed enemy auxiliary vessel in Philippine waters, and later, a large enemy naval tanker in the Java Sea. Furthermore, while Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SKIPJACK, he skillfully evaded enemy naval and air patrols to deliver a vigorous and effectively executed attack against enemy vessels, armed or escorted by anti-submarine craft. In these engagements, the SKIPJACK succeeded in destroying two large enemy auxiliaries and an enemy Japanese transport in the South China Sea and seriously damaging and presumably sinking another enemy armed auxiliary. Lieutenant Commander Coe displayed the outstanding characteristics of a leader, and the aggressive and intrepid spirit of a fine seaman which were in keeping with the traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: December 8, 1941 - May 17, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Postion: Commanding Officer
Submarine: U.S.S. S-39 (SS-144) & U.S.S. Skipjack (SS-184)
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 Ribbon Bar
Command at Sea
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Chicago (CA-29)Formal Schools and Training CoursesUSS S-27 (SS-132)
USS S-33 (SS-138)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS S-39 (SS-144)USS Skipjack (SS-184)
USS Cisco (SS-290)
  1930-1931, 00X, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1931-1933, 00X, USS Chicago (CA-29)
  1933-1933, 00X, Submarine Officer Basic Course
  1934-1935, 00X, USS S-27 (SS-132)
  1935-1937, 00X, USS S-29 (SS-134)
  1937-1937, 00X, USS S-33 (SS-138)
  1937-1939, 00X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1940-1942, 00X, USS S-39 (SS-144)
  1942-1943, 00X, USS Skipjack (SS-184)
  1943-1943, USS Cisco (SS-290)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 USS S-39 (SS-144)/USS S-39 (SS-144) 1st War Patrol
  1942-1942 USS S-39 (SS-144)/USS S-39 (SS-144) 2nd War Patrol
  1942-1942 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1942 USS S-39 (SS-144)/USS S-39 (SS-144) 3rd War Patrol
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 USS Cisco (SS-290)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1926-1930, United States Naval Academy1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 06, 1943, Listed as Missing in Action
  Jan 08, 1946, Declared Death
  Feb 06, 2017, General Photos1
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
WWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  2013, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, World War II Fallen
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